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EU leaders to focus on unity, defence at informal summit******
France's President Emmanuel Macron and EU leaders pose for a family photograph at the Palace of Versailles, near Paris, on March 10, 2022.
Discussions at the informal European Council meeting in Versailles, France, will focus on Europe's approach to the Russia-Ukraine crisis, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday.
The goal of the two-day summit, the first during France's six-month presidency of the European Union, is to "show, and continue to construct and reinforce the unity of Europe," Macron said.
"We need to prepare ourselves with all the scenarios," he emphasized, referring to Russia's ongoing military operations in Ukraine.
Faced with rising fuel prices, Europe should not be dependent on Russia for gas, he said. It should also be able to supply its own markets, and defend itself independently.
"France depends less than others on gas...but Europe depends on gas, and 40 percent is Russian gas," he said.
Meanwhile, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that "this is a defining moment for Europe."
At the summit, heads of state and government will discuss how to boost European defence capacities, she said. Europe also needs massive investment in renewables in order to remove its energy dependency, she added.
During the talks, leaders are also expected to tackle issues related to the accession of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova to the EU.
Over 60 pct of S.Koreans positive about eased social******
Over 60 percent of South Korean people were positive about the eased social-distancing rules against the COVID-19 pandemic, a poll showed Monday.
According to the Korea Society Opinion Institute survey of 1,002 respondents, 62.1 percent said the business curfew on restaurants and cafes should be alleviated while measures should be strengthened to protect severely ill patients and people with underlying conditions.
About 32.6 percent of the respondents supported the restriction on business hours until the infections decline.
The government decided to moderate the social-distancing scheme for three weeks until March 13 as the tightened quarantine measures upset micro business owners for the past nine weeks.
Under the new guideline, the business hour was lengthened by one hour, allowing restaurants, cafes, bars and other businesses to open until 10:00 pm
Small merchants have demanded a longer business hour to compensate for losses caused by the business curfew.
Lee Jae-myung, the presidential candidate of the governing Democratic Party, vowed to prolong business hours to midnight for those who received booster shots.
The country reported 95,362 more COVID-19 cases for the past 24 hours, increasing the number of infections to 2,058,184.
The daily caseload has been on the rise in recent weeks amid the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
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